Ponds Making Name for Himself in EYBL Play

HOUSTON -- Under new head coach Dave Leitao, DePaul is actively recruiting and looking for talented prospects in the 2016 class. One of those new targets is Class of 2016 point guard Shamorie Ponds.

Shamorie Ponds, a 6-foot-1 native of Brooklyn is scoring at a high level in the EYBL with the New York Lightning and he's currently regarded as a three-star prospect on Scout.com.

Ponds caught up with WeAreDePaul.com and spoke about the spring and his recruitment. The New York Lightning currently stand at 6-6 in the Nike EYBL and have to win some games during Memorial Day weekend in Minneapolis to make the prestigious Peach Jam in July.

"I've been playing good. I'm trying to get some more wins. We're trying to get to Peach Jam and everything. Trying to take it all," Ponds said.

On the floor, Ponds has made a splash on both ends of the floor this spring. The guard ranks in the top ten in the league in scoring at 19.8 points per game and leads in steals at 3.6 per game. He's also averaging 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

"I like to say that I'm an all-around player," Ponds said. "I can play off-the-ball. I can get my teammates involved. Rebound. Get a couple of steals here and there."

This spring, Ponds is trying to get better at a couple of different things. He's working to be more of a natural floor leader so that is team is always focused on winning instead of shot distribution.

"[I work to] get my teammates involved. I try to set them up and get them good looks," Get them the ball so there won't be any complaining. Building good team chemistry," Ponds said. "I'm trying to get stronger, faster. Getting ready for the next level."

On the recruiting front, DePaul has offered Ponds a scholarship along with Miami, Minnesota, Oklahoma, St. John's Seton Hall, South Carolina, South Florida and Xavier.

Three schools are currently recruiting Ponds the hardest and the Blue Demons are on that short list of schools.

"Minnesota, DePaul and Xavier [are on me the hardest]," Ponds said.

Among the reasons Ponds likes DePaul is the relationship he is beginning to build with associate head coach Rick Carter.

"I'm really cool with him," Ponds said.

One of the factors that will play into Ponds' recruitment is getting with a program that can help him reach professional basketball.

"I'm looking for a team that can get me better for the next level," Ponds said.

With his emergence this spring, Ponds is likely a surefire top-100 prospect when the next rankings get released and DePaul has been very active recruiting him early. Keep it to WeAreDePaul.com for more information on Ponds and his recruitment.


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